We are delighted to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of its colorful past is preserved in the Museum, and we are open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. If you would like to arrange a special visit to the museum, call 718-885-0008 and leave a message; we will try to arrange for a docent to meet with you. Our regular admission is $5; members are free; donations are welcome! In the meantime, look at the different sections of our website and get a sense of what we are all about. Click these links for information about the exhibits, group tours, including school groups, and for a walking tour of City Island.
Be sure to visit Facebook for a look at hundreds of photographs of City Island Then and Now, posted by Tom Nye, the museum’s president.
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Did you know...?
…that a yacht built on City Island in 1930 won a major race in December 2017 as the oldest boat in a fleet of 87? click for more
The Robert Jacob Shipyard operated on City Island from 1900 to 1946 on the site now occupied by Consolidated Yacht Yard. Jacob’s yard serviced many famous yachts, including those owned by August Belmont Jr., Vincent Astor, William K. Vanderbilt, Sir Thomas Lipton, and J. P. Morgan. Jacob’s built hundreds of yachts, including the schooner Sealove, being launched here in 1924, and numerous minesweepers, PT boats, harbor tugs, and subchasers for the U.S. Navy during World War II.
City Island Avenue: Then and Now
The City Island Nautical Museum is currently featuring a fascinating display of images showing many shops along City Island Avenue as they used to be and as they are now. The exhibition, curated by Cheryl Brinker and Ron Terner, celebrates the nautical history of City Island, which is also featured in new enlarged photographs in storefronts along the Avenue installed with the help of volunteers in coordination with Viacom and the City Island Historical Society. Also on view are the winners and runners-up in a photo contest featuring Orchard Beach scenes sponsored by the Friends of Pelham Bay Park.
The Nautical Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. Call 718-885-0008 for more information.
The City Island Nautical Museum is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We welcome all National Trust members to receive half-price admission ($2.50) when visiting our site. Visit distinctive-destinations for more information.
The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
Leonard Hawkins American Legion Post 156
Morris Yacht Club
City Island Diner
City Island Sunoco
City Island Yacht Club
The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member James Vacca, and by the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council. The City Island Nautical Museum was granted a permanent charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Board of Education on January 11, 2012. And, on the basis of a careful consideration of the history and the architecture of the building at 190 Fordham Street in which the museum is housed, the Landmarks Preservation Commissioned Public School 102 (later Public School 17, The City Island School) a landmark because of its “special character and a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.
190 Fordham Street, City Island, NY 10464